Carmarthenshire Quilts

Cwiltiau o Amgueddfa Sir Gaerfyrddin

Rwyf wedi bod yn gweithio gyda’r timau cadwraeth a churadu yn Amgueddfa Sir Gaerfyrddin i wneud gwaith ymchwil er mwyn creu tair gwisg ar gyfer parêd Cragen Beca yng Nghaerfyrddin yn 2022.

Mae’r gwisgoedd ar gyfer Rebecca a dau o’i phlant (rwy’n eu galw nhw yn Charlotte a Nelly, dau enw a gafodd eu defnyddio gan gynorthwywyr Rebecca) yn cyfeirio at waith traddodiadol a chyfoes a gwisgoedd bob dydd. Fodd bynnag byddaf yn creu dillad dros ben llestri ar gyfer y parêd er mwyn creu gwisgoedd rhyfeddol, tebyg i rai carnifal ar gyfer merched Beca modern. Maent hefyd yn cynnwys manylion o gyfrifon hanesyddol am y gwisgoedd yr oedd y terfysgwyr yn eu gwisgo yng nghanol y 19eg Ganrif wrth gyflawni eu hymgyrch chwyldroadol yn erbyn tollbyrth Turnpike Trust y sir.

Roeddwn am edrych ar y casgliadau cwiltiau yn benodol i weld a oes unrhyw batrymau a dyluniadau a all ysbrydoli elfennau creadigol y gwisgoedd.


Quilts from Carmarthenshire Museum

I’ve been working with the conservation and curatorial teams at Carmarthenshire Museum to research into creating three costumes for the Carmarthen Cragen Beca parade in 2022.

The costumes for Rebecca and two of her Children (I’m calling them Charlotte and Nelly, both names that were used by Rebecca’s accomplices) refer to both traditional and contemporary work and everyday wear. The pieces I’m making for the parade, however, will be exaggerated to create fantastical, carnival-style outfits for my modern-day Rebeccaites. They also include details from historical accounts about the costumes that the rioters wore whilst undertaking their subversive campaigns against the Turnpike Trust toll gates of the county in the mid 19th Century.

I particularly wanted to look at the quilt collections to see if there are any patterns and designs that can inspire the decorative elements of the costumes.

Images courtesy of Carmarthenshire Museum and Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Top image: Jo Cook, Conservator, Carmarthenshire Museum